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Obituary: James R. Bruinsma

June 2, 1948 – January 8, 2023

James R. Bruinsma

James R. Bruinsma, age 74, of St. John, IN, formerly of South Holland, IL went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 8, 2023. Beloved husband of Kathleen Bruinsma, nee Hoekstra. Loving father of Kristen Prim, Ryan (Jaime) Bruinsma and Eric (Kelly) Bruinsma. Devoted grandfather of nine grandchildren. Dear brother of Lois (Jim) Rau, Jerry (the late Martha) Bruinsma, Karen Bruinsma, and the late Raymond Bruinsma Jr. Preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Tena Bruinsma.

Private family visitation will be held on Monday, January 16, 2023, from 9 – 10 a.m. A private family burial service will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery – Lansing, IL. Public visitation to be held from 12 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1:30 p.m. at Smits Funeral Homes, 2121 Pleasant Spring Lane, Dyer, IN with services conducted by Rev. John Rogers. Memorial Contributions may be given to Grace PCA Church and Illiana Christian High School.

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